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Worsening Coronavirus Situation Causes Oxygen Shortage in India

India has presently been going through the second wave of deadly coronavirus, which has victimized the whole world. Due to the highly increased covid19 cases and a few other reasons, the country has faced a severe oxygen shortage, which resulted in the deaths of sick corona patients. Also, as a result of the augmented number of patients in hospitals, infected patients can’t seem to get beds at the healthcare vicinities. Moreover, the worsen pandemic situation has even broken the record of the first coronavirus wave in terms of increased covid cases. 

What Caused The Oxygen Shortage In India?

Some of the Indian states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat have been suffering badly due to the medical oxygen shortage. The month of May and April have been quite tough for several patients admitted to the hospitals situated in these states.

Indians are blaming the government for the shortage. They claim that exporting 9,301 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to other countries became to causes numerous deaths. However, the authorities associated with this matter stated that India’s production of liquid Oxygen is more than 7,000 metric tons per day. Thus, the actual reason behind the deficiency is not the export but something else. 

According to Siddharth Jain, the Products Director of Inox Air, the country is capable of producing and enough oxygen that can fulfill the necessity of hospitals. Although, some of the states like Maharashtra, which is facing a terrible corona outburst are not getting the supply due to distribution problems. The shortage of cryogenic tankers is one of the reasons behind the insufficient distribution services. Furthermore, Mr. Pavan Kumar Jain, Managing Director of Inox Air reportedly stated that a massive quantity of supply is available but is stored at a long distance from the states that need it badly. 

Other Consequences Of Shortage

The world is waiting for the coronavirus vaccine to do a miracle and end this plague as many countries are fighting with it and losing. India is facing a crucial time because of a severe oxygen shortage. Besides the deaths and critical condition of covid patients, the very problem directed people to take illegal steps in order to save the lives of their loved ones. At a hospital in central Madhya Pradesh, the family members of some infected patients forcefully took out the oxygen cylinders. They fought with the hospital’s staff which resulted in chaos at the infirmary.  

Also, because of rising corona cases and a low recovery rate, the coronavirus tests are delayed. In the second wave of covd19 in India, the demand for tests and sampling is three times more than the previous year.  

Current Corona Situation In India 

India is presently under grave danger due to the rising cases of coronavirus. The country is currently being considered as the epicenter of Covid19 since more than 16.3 million people in India have been infected. With the addition of casualties caused by the oxygen shortage, over 189000 people have lost their lives. More than 13 million people have recovered from the deadly virus.

On Friday 23, 2021, India recorded 332,730 new corona cases and 2,263 deaths, which is even higher than the per day ratio of cases and casualties that the country faced in the first wave of the corona. 

Given the problems India is facing nowadays due to covid, neighboring countries like China and Pakistan are reportedly helping it handle the situation. 

While the coronavirus situation in Pakistan is also worsening Faisal Edhi, son of Abdul Sattar Edhi and managing trustee of the Edhi Foundation sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The letter was to offer help by providing a fleet of 50 ambulances and health care services to take control over the worsening state. 

Furthermore, China has also offered its assistance to India in this difficult time. It has conveyed that the country will assist India in every possible way and it can communicate at any time regarding its needs. 

Ahmad Akbar
A journalist with a perspective of providing a broad viewpoint. An enthusiast towards attracting a wide range of audiences with uniqueness and precision in content.
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